Archive for November 2015

Cheap, fun stocking stuffers for teens and tweens

Cheap, fun stocking stuffers for teens and tweens
Looking for items that are cheap, fun stocking stuffers for teens and tweens? All of the items on this are small enough to fit in a stocking and won’t break the bank, as they are all less than $17. Best of all, they’re quite likely to make the person whose name is on the stocking... Read more »

Quotes from The Good Dinosaur

"You have to get through your fear to see the beauty on the other side." - Poppa to Arlo
The Good Dinosaur is the Disney-Pixar film that opens in theaters today and it asks the question, “What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct?” It tells the story of a cute apatosaurus named Arlo and his adventures with Spot, a feral human... Read more »

10 fun facts about "A Charlie Brown Christmas"

"If it's to be a Christmas special, I want to certainly deal with the true meaning of Christmas." - Charles Schulz, upon first learning of the possibility of making the television special. He also vetoed using a laugh track, wanting viewers to enjoy it in their own time and their own way.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” In honor of the occasion, a television special honoring the 50th anniversary will air on November 30th and the U.S. Postal Service released 10 stamps with still frames from the beloved television special. You can see each stamp and learn fun facts about “A... Read more »
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Jim Valvano was absolutely right about the 3 things you should do every day

Jim Valvano was absolutely right about the 3 things you should do every day
Readers of this blog likely know that I love quotes. Compiling wise words from eloquent, insightful individuals delights me. In fact, I went back and realized that I have written more than 20 posts  about in the three and a half years I’ve been writing this blog. I’ve shared quotes from a variety of sources,... Read more »

9 great subscription boxes for teens and tweens, 2015 edition

9 great subscription boxes for teens and tweens, 2015 edition
Subscription boxes can be a great gift option for teens and tweens, an age group that is notoriously tough to buy for. There are subscription boxes for all different kinds of kids to appeal to varying interests, and perhaps even broaden them a bit. These boxes will make gifting the teens in your life easy... Read more »

Happy World Kindness Day! What it is, and how you and your kids can get involved

Happy World Kindness Day! What it is, and how you and your kids can get involved
It may be Friday the 13th, but November 13th is also World Kindness Day. What is World Kindness Day? A global 24-hour celebration dedicated to paying-it-forward and focusing on the good. Kindness Day first began when a collection of humanitarian groups from several nations, now known as the World Kindness Movement, united on November 13,... Read more »
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Fantastic video on consent that all teens and their parents should watch

Talking about sexual consent is a really important part of talking about sex with tweens and teens, as illustrated by recent news and books like John Krakauer’s Missoula. Kids are confused, and need guidance, but a lot of parents don’t know how to start or have that conversation. Thankfully, there is this great video on... Read more »

Veterans Day: Honoring those who served with words, flags and more

Veterans Day: Honoring those who served with words, flags and more
Veterans Day is a time to honor those who have served our nation and, as the US Department of Veterans Affairs says, “a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.” Ceremonies and observances take place around the country and around the globe as... Read more »

Can your tweens and teens accept a compliment?

Can your tweens and teens accept a compliment?
“There’s a new girl in my class,” my 13-year-old daughter told me today on our walk. “I told her that I really liked her shoes.” “That was nice of you,” I said. “It didn’t quite work out,” my daughter explained. “She told me that she didn’t really like the shoes at all, that they were... Read more »
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Family review of "The Peanuts Movie"

Family review of "The Peanuts Movie"
Tonight we went to see lovable but hapless Charlie Brown, take-charge Lucy Van Pelt, adorable Woodstock, and our very favorite beagle Snoopy on the big screen. Our family review of “The Peanuts Movie” is pretty simple: we all thought it is a charming movie. All three of us used the word “cute” to describe the... Read more »